SO EASY Frittata (S or FP)

SO EASY Frittata (S or FP)
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If you have never before made a frittata, I must be honest and telling you that you having been missing out on one of the easiest, healthiest, and most frugal meals in existence… and we need to fix that quickly!

Ingredients
– whatever veggies you have on hand (today I used bell peppers, zucchini, yellow squash, kale and mushrooms)
– oil to grease your skillet and pan
– eggs (or egg whites for FP)
– salt and pepper to taste

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Step 1: chop your veggies
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Step 2: saute you veggies in your skillet with just a little oil
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Step 3: While your veggies are cooking, scramble some eggs (or egg whites for FP) and add salt and pepper to your liking. How many eggs? Stop making this complicated! This is supposed to be “SO EASY Frittata,” remember? 😉
Use however many you have available. I used 8 for a thinner frittata. Use more if you want it to be thicker.
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Step 4: Place veggies in a greased 9×13 pan & pour eggs evenly over the top of veggies. (At this point you can also sprinkle some shredded cheese on top if you’d like, but I didn’t because we didn’t feel like taking a field trip to the E.R. today with my dairy allergy child, haha!)
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Step 5: Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes until eggs are set and edges start to pull away from the pan.
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Now it’s ready to serve! How easy was that?!?

Make your toddler a plate…
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And make yourself a plate… and also make and eat it with Sheri Graham’s Pumpkin Pie Cake with maple cream cheese frosting. Oh, MY!
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And then sit and enjoy this marvelous breakfast!

In case you were wondering how all these veggies went over with the toddler…
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This was taken as he was finishing his second plate.

And this hungry mama also had two helpings of frittata and that incredibly good pumpkin cake with her tea!

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Baking day… THM style! (and my version of Cheesecake in Jars)

It’s been a busy day around here as I have been doing lots of baking… THM style! Here’s what has been cooking in my kitchen:

Fudgy No Bake Cookies (S) – dairy free, nut free, grain/gluten free
From Sheri Graham
See my “tweaks” in my Pinterest comments.

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Chocolate Chip Cookies (S) – dairy free, grain/gluten free
From Sheri Graham
See my “tweaks” in my Pinterest comments.

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These cookies are EXCELLENT once cooled. Crunchy!

Cheesecake in Jars (S) – grain/gluten free
Combination of GNOWFGLINS & Mrs. Criddle’s Kitchen

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I got a little more creative with this idea and didn’t follow just one recipe.
I preheated my oven to 350 degrees.
Crust
– 1 cup of almond flour
– 1/8 cup of coconut oil, melted
– 1 TBSP Pyure
– Sprinkle of sea salt
– dash of homemade vanilla extract
Mix dry ingredients. Add wet ingredients and mix well. Place in the bottom of 4 small mason jars. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes, then let jars cool before adding filling.
Filling
– 4 ounces full fat cream cheese
– 4 ounces 1/3 fat cream cheese
– 1 TBSP Pyure
– 1 TBSP lemon juice
– 1/2 TSP homemade vanilla extract
– 1 pastured egg
Place cream cheese in blender and blend well. Add Pyure, lemon juice & vanilla extract and blend until mixed well. Add egg and blend just until mixed in well. Pour filling mixture into cooled mason jars & bake at 350 for 40 minutes or until filling is set and top is just slightly golden brown. Cool jars on counter for a few minutes & then place in the refrigerator (on a towel) for an hour or until cold.

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…then top with a little all fruit raspberry jam, a few blueberries & a dollop of FF Reddi Whip! YUMMY!!!!

Cookies for breakfast & cheesecake for lunch? Yes, please! I LOVE baking days! 😉

Apple Cinnamon Chai Oatmeal

Apple Cinnamon Chai Oatmeal

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On a stormy summer afternoon while my toddler took his nap, I sat quietly eating my bowl of apple and chai deliciousness. This was not just any regular ol’ bowl of oats though! These were steel cut oats (which don’t get all soggy like rolled old fashioned oats) and they were not cooked in water. They were cooked in tea — chai tea. Have you ever cooked your oats in tea? Well, you should! Not only because the flavor is delectable, but also because cooking your oats in water is sooooo last week! For reals. So, without further ado, let me tell you how to make your own bowl of yumminess in just a few ridiculously simple steps.

Apple Cinnamon Chai Oatmeal
1 chai tea bag, steeped in a cup of boiling water
1/4 cup gluten free steel cut oats (or rolled oats, but steel cut have a better texture IMO)
Dash of salt
Sweetener to taste (I use a few tsp of a stevia/erythritol blend)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp collagen hydrolysate gelatin (optional, but adds 5+ grams of protein)
1/4 chopped apple
1/4 tsp cinnamon

Place all ingredients in a bowl, stir, cover & refrigerate 6+ hours (or overnight). When ready to eat, pour bowl contents into a small pot and cook over stove top for 5-10 minutes until cooked to desired consistency.

Nutritional Facts
Calories: 196
Fats: 2.5
Carbs: 33
Net Carbs: 24
Protein: 10.5

This would be considered an “E” on the THM plan & would make a good snack/dessert or as part of a meal.

Frugal Friday: Slow-Cooker Meat Lover’s Chili

It was around 100 degrees outside yesterday… and I made chili for dinner. Who says chili is only for cold weather? I love chili almost any time of year. But can I tell you a secret? I don’t love beans in chili. I know that some people do, but it’s just not my favorite. However, we live on a pretty tight budget around here, so I found it vital to come up with a beanless chili recipe that didn’t break the bank… even though it’s a cheaper cut, quality grass-fed ground beef is expensive! The ingredients in this chili may surprise you, but trust me, you won’t be disappointed by the flavor and it is packed with nourishment! To top it all off, this recipe is one you can throw in the slow cooker, so it’s very simple to make and not very time consuming. *ding, ding, ding!* We have a winner!

So, what is this surprising ingredient? Beef liver! Now, before you “x” out of this page in disgust, please know that I am not a lover of the flavor or texture of liver. However, in this recipe the bold flavors of the tomatoes, chiles & spices completely mask the flavor of the liver while still giving you the nutritional value and making your wallet smile. Beef liver is not only a super-food powerhouse, but also very economical to purchase. I am all about combining nutrition, good taste & smiling wallets, aren’t you?

This is seriously my favorite chili recipe now. I don’t know if I will ever make another chili recipe again! Hubby also loved this chili & had no idea that there was liver hidden in it.

(Photo to come soon… I forgot to take one yesterday)

 

Frugal Slow-Cooker Meat Lover’s Chili
(Paleo, Gluten/Grain Free, Dairy Free, No Beans)

Ingredients
1.5 lbs uncooked ground beef (I use frozen)
1 lb uncooked beef liver (I use frozen)
1 28oz can diced tomatoes (preferably BPA free)
1 7oz can green chiles
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2-1 large onion, chopped (depending on how much you like onion)
1 cup of chicken broth (homemade is best)
1 Tbsp chili powder
1 Tbsp dried oregano
2-3 tsp cumin
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp sea salt

Instructions
1. Place ground beef and beef liver into your crockpot, on opposite sides. Set slow cooker on high for 3-4 hours. If you are using already cooked ground beef and beef liver, you can skip this step.
2. After 3-4 hours, carefully spoon the beef liver out of the crockpot and into your food processor. Puree well.
3. Add the beef liver back into the crockpot along with the rest of the ingredients in this order: onions, garlic, tomatoes, chiles, spices & chicken broth.
4. Give a light stir (you want to mix it a little while keeping the meat and onions near the bottom of the cooker), cover & set on high for another 2-3 hours.
5. Serve as is or optionally with rice, avocado, cheese, organic corn, etc. as meet your dietary needs… and you could even serve over cooked beans if you have bean chili lovers in your family! If you are grain free and/or paleo, you could serve over cauliflower “rice” or zoodles (zucchini noodles). Add salt and pepper to taste.

 

Simple, frugal, and oh, so yummy!

Tell me in the comments: Do you prefer your chili with or without beans? What other ingredients do you love in your chili?